Body found off roadway in Forsyth County identified; death ruled homicide

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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. -- A young male found deceased on Friday has been identified and authorities are investigating his death as a homicide.

On Monday, the sheriff's office identified the deceased as 17-year-old Jessy Mendez Santiago, of Winston-Salem.

Santiago was found dead in the 2100 block of Memorial Industrial School Road off the roadway.

Preliminary findings from the postmortem examination at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center indicate Santiago died as a result of a gunshot wound.

On April 1, a missing person report of Santiago was filed with the Winston-Salem Police Department.

Anyone with information related to his disappearance or death is asked to call Crimestoppers at (336) 727-2800.